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  • GBALLMAG.COM YOUNG ALL-AMERICA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
    By Dave Wohlhueter

    This is the seventh annual Gballmag.com Young All-America team made up of freshmen that played significant roles for their respective women's basketball teams in their first collegiate action. Most of these young athletes did not gain recognition beyond conference freshman teams.

    Here is a list of players named to the Gballmag.com Young All-America team:

    Skylar Diggins, 5-9, G, Notre Dame. Named to the Big East all-rookie team, and received second-team recognition overall. She led the Irish in scoring (13.9 ppg.) and steals (2.9 spg.). Diggins was the first Notre Dame freshman to amass over 400 points, 100 assists and 75 steals in a season.

    Brittney Griner, 6-8, C, Baylor. She took home most freshman accolades, including the Gballmag.com Freshman of the Year Award. She received AP All-America second-team honors. In the Big 12 Conference, she was both the Freshman of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while making the league's first team. Griner set NCAA, conference and school records for blocks in a season (223), and broke the NCAA tournament record with 40 blocks. For the season, she averaged 18.4 ppg. and 8.5 rpg.

    Jasmine James, 5-9, G, Georgia. James was a unanimous choice on the SEC Freshman Team. She was second on the Lady Dawgs team in scoring (11.5 ppg.), assists (101), and steals (60), while starting 33 games and playing 35.9 mpg.

    Marissa Kastanek, 5-9, G, North Carolina State. Became the first Wolfpack frosh to win the ACC Freshman of the Year Award since 1997. She started 28 games, averaging 10.7 ppg., and playing 26.7 mpg. She shot 39.9 percent from behind the 3-pt. arc, ninth best in the ACC. Kastanek averaged 3.6 rpg., and recorded 43 assists and 40 steals.

    A'dia Mathies, 5-9, G, Kentucky. The Freshman of the Year in the SEC, she was second on her team in scoring with 13.6 ppg. She also had 4.8 rpg., and handed out 87 assists and made 93 steals in starting 35 games.

    Jaime Printy, 5-11, G, Iowa. Printy was selected as Freshman of the Year in the Big Ten Conference by both the coaches and the media. She led the Big Ten frosh in scoring (15.8 ppg.) and free throw percentage (.836). Overall, Printy topped the league at the foul line (.873), and ranked second in 3-pointers made per game (2.45). She broke the school record for freshman scoring and 3-pt. shots made.

    Sugar Rodgers, 5-11, G, Georgetown. The Big East Freshman of the Year, Rodgers also earned AP All-America honorable mention. She averaged 17.6 ppg. and 3.7 rpg., recording 60 assists and 58 steals.

    Shenneika Smith, 6-1, G, St. John's. Smith was a unanimous pick on the Big East freshman team. She was second on the Red Storm in scoring at 12.9 ppg., and grabbed 5.3 rpg. She averaged 1.7 apg. and 1.5 spg.

    Jasmine Watson, 6-3, C, UMass. Named Rookie of the Year in the Atlantic 10. She was the top frosh scorer (10.3 ppg.) in the league, and was second on the UMass roster. She was her team's best rebounder (8.6 rpg.) and ranked sixth in the league. With 38 blocks, she was one short of the school record. Watson was a three-time A-10 Rookie of the Week selection.

    Davellyn Whyte, 5-10, G, Arizona. Chosen Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, she averaged 15.7 ppg. as the Wildcats' top scorer. Whyte was the only frosh named to the Pac-10 all-conference team. She had 40 steals and 77 assists while starting all 31 games.

    Dave Wohlhueter is Gball's WNBA and women's college game expert. He is a former Sports Information Director at Cornell University, as well as a member of the school's Hall of Fame. He worked in media relations at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He recently was named the winner of College Sports Information Directors of America's 2007 Bob Kenworthy Good Person Award, which annually is awarded to a CoSIDA member for civic involvement and accomplishments outside the sports information office.




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